New friends, FGM and Kenya……
So I have been spending some time in the hospital, but also some time working out in the communities with Diana, Leanne and Jane as I will be continuing with community work when the others leave. We are feeling very positively about the communities – we are becoming more focused and have worked out that the most important thing for these communities is water. So, we will start work on putting water wells into our 6 communities.
The hospital has been very busy. We have had a few very serious cases this past week – including a cerebral malaria, a 2 year old with abdominal compartment syndrome, an emergency caesarian for hand presentation this morning….. it is frustrating working in this environment with so few tools available to us. Minimal tests, minimal analgesia – the only things we have for pain are paracetamol and diclofenac. We are slowly working on some small changes in the hospital – like nursing staff recording when they have given medications and fluid balance charts.
I am working with Benson on running a seminar on female genital mutilation (FGM) in late November, just before the circumcison ceremonies start. Benson is a teacher at one of the local secondary schools, and has written a thesis on FGM. He is very passionate about women’s health and empowering women – something with is very refreshing in such a patriarchal society. Benson is also going to arrange for me to attend an FGM ceremony…. hopefully i cope ok with that and am able to watch.
We decided to stay in Tarime for the weekend, and for Jane’s birthday last night we went to the CMG and had a party with some of our new friends here – Benson, Bomani, Abdallah, Nuru and Eliza. It was a great night – we turned the place into our very own disco!!
On Monday, Diana and I are off to the Trans Mara in Kenya to spend the week researching the needs in this area, and checking on our projects like the brick making machine and how that is going. We will be staying with Omari’s sister Mama Anastacia in her little mud hut and living with the Masaai people for a week. The needs of the Trans Mara are huge, and we suspect that the area we can make the most difference in over there is also water. So we will spend time trekking around (there are no roads) looking at local water sources.
I will go now so Joe can also write something.
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